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Analysis of the Influence of Water-Vapor Correction Term on the Measurement Uncertainty of Wind Speed

  • Mingming WeiEmail author
  • Yang Zeng
  • Li Zou
  • Chunhua Wen
  • Xiaogang Liu
  • Changchun Li
  • Shan Xu
Original Paper


In order to explore the influence of water-vapor correction term on wind speed uncertainty, the actual measured value of wind speed by pitot tube is the research object, Firstly, the uncertainty value of the wind speed value obtained by the simplified model (discarding the water-vapor correction term) is evaluated by GUM method. Then, the MCM evaluates the uncertainty of the wind speed value obtained from the original model (including the water-vapor correction term). Finally, two kinds of the evaluation results obtained by the method are compared in the form of probability distribution graphics, and the numerical analysis is carried out. After the water-vapor correction item is discarded, the fluctuation degree and dispersion degree of the measurement result will be reduced, and the degree of reduction is 1.0988% and 1.0929%, respectively. The degree of volatility is about 25.8513% of the degree of dispersion. The degree of influence on the volatility and dispersion of the measurement result is about 0.2305% and 0.8987% of the measured value of wind speed. In the application, for the occasion of pursuing the accuracy of measured value of wind speed, it is recommended to use the original model to measure the real-time wind speed. For the occasion of the stability of the wind speed measurement result, the GUM method can be used to evaluate the uncertainty of the simplified model.


Metrology Uncertainty Wind speed MCM GUM 



This work is supported by meteorological science and technology key project of jiangxi province (No. 2018127).

Author Contributions

MW analyzed the data and wrote the paper. YZ contributed to the literature review and helped to perform data analysis. LZ and CW analyzed the experiments and compiled the program. XL and SX reviewed and edited the manuscript. CL supervised the research. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.


This research received no external funding.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mingming Wei
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yang Zeng
    • 1
  • Li Zou
    • 2
  • Chunhua Wen
    • 1
  • Xiaogang Liu
    • 1
  • Changchun Li
    • 1
  • Shan Xu
    • 3
  1. 1.Atmospheric Observation Technology CenterJiangxi Meteorological BureauNanchangChina
  2. 2.Gansu Provincial Meteorological Information and Technic Support and Equipment CenterGansu Meteorological BureauLanzhouChina
  3. 3.Nanchang Meteorological BureauNanchangChina

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